This boot by Kenneth Cole fits into that narrow zone between a motorcycle boot and a dress shoe, allowing it to be something you could wear with a suit…
The Elsinore Boot series feature an internal steel shank, a thick leather upper, a rubber sole, a zipper originally designed for paratrooper boots and a series of 5 alloy buckles down the outside to make sure they stay on no matter what the hell happens.
These timeless, Hi-Tops sold by Imogene + Willie are just about the perfect piece of summertime footwear, they can be worn with jeans, cargos, trousers or even a suit if you’re feeling slightly heretical.
The Australian Desert Boot has been an iconic piece of footwear since long before my time, the boots were originally designed for desert use and have soles designed to sink and slide as little as possible on loose sand, they also have minimal laces allowing the wearer to whip them off and empty out sand with as little fuss as possible.
Oak Street Bootmakers is a small company that makes the kind of boots our grandfathers wore, by hand, one at a time. Founder and designer George Vlagos apprenticed in his father’s shoemaking company as a child and founded Oak Street as a way to keep the old methods alive for another generation.
Boots are an essential piece of gear for any motorcyclist, they need to be strong enough to handle an inglorious dismount at 80mph but sensitive enough to let you snick up and down through the gears in heavy traffic.
Proper motorcycle attire can sometimes be hard to come by. At some point, I think in the 80s, motorcycle gear manufacturers decided that all motorcyclists were deeply into flame decals, chrome, dragons, heavy metal, skulls and the confederate flag.